Perennial with fern-like, dark green leaves and reddish-pink, nodding bell-shaped flowers. When mature the purple/grey seedhead resembles a puff of smoke; when seen in colonies the effect is quite striking. Also known as prairie smoke or old man's whiskers.
449,554 seeds/pound; starts from seed, bare root, cuttings.
Dry to moist grasslands and sagebrush plains.
A medicinal tea is made from boiled roots.
Used by North American aboriginals in sweathouses as a body wash.
Dried or cut flowers.